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Happy

Boston, MA

#21 Mar 5, 2012
Nope. I would suggest making an appt. and interviewing the doctor. When I was considering cataract surgery, I did this. When the self-proclaimed "expert" turned out to be a pompous ass I couldn't work with, I shook the dust from my sandals and got someone else. Granted, some good clinicians are also insufferable jerks, but only you can decide what will work for you.
NotGonnaHappen

Horseheads, NY

#22 Mar 22, 2012
I'm surprised you were even given an opportunity to "interview" any doctors at Bassett. Patients are moved through there like cattle.

These doctors are here generally because they're not even close to being top notch.

Here though, they think they're a big deal just because they're doctors.

Most locals laugh them off, from what I hear.
Experience with Dr B

United States

#23 Mar 29, 2012
Dr.Bahlatzis did 2 surgeries on my foot and I could not be happier.He answered all my questions and explained erverything to me. Yes it takes time to get in to see him and you usually wait longer than what you would like for your appt but that is because he is spending the extra time with the other patients just like he will with you to make sure you are happy and you appt was successful. I can't understand why people complain about their wait when the doc is with someone else but yet expect him to spend extra time with them when others are waiting-REALLY people give them a break..They do the best they can.
Just Wondering

Dover, DE

#24 Mar 30, 2012
Experience with Dr B wrote:
Dr.Bahlatzis did 2 surgeries on my foot and I could not be happier.He answered all my questions and explained erverything to me. Yes it takes time to get in to see him and you usually wait longer than what you would like for your appt but that is because he is spending the extra time with the other patients just like he will with you to make sure you are happy and you appt was successful. I can't understand why people complain about their wait when the doc is with someone else but yet expect him to spend extra time with them when others are waiting-REALLY people give them a break..They do the best they can.
May I ask what surgery he did, I need a bunionectomy.
Had a Bunionectomy

Horseheads, NY

#25 Mar 31, 2012
I'm from Cooperstown and had my bunionectomy in Utica, and for the life of me I can't remember who did it. So sorry, as I realize this post will be useless to you without a name. I'll check through my records today to see if I can find it. It was a female doctor and she did GREAT. Perfectly straight scars, minimal healing time, and great post-op care. I say scars (with an S) because I had two done at one time.

I do believe the procedure was done at St. Luke's if that helps, but some Utica doctors have privileges at all three Utica hospitals.

I completely agree with the posters who are against treatment at Bassett. I've had my fair share of experience there and would never go there again. So many doctors there get put on paid administrative leave for being inappropriate with thier patients. Poor bedside manners, and God complexes. These docs are a dime a dozen and think they're better than everyone else.
Experience with Dr B

United States

#26 Apr 1, 2012
Yes he did a bunionectomy as well as another surgery I needed on a bad nerve in the same foot-I have not had any problems since and my foot looks so much better and no more pain. I had it approx. 8 yrs ago and I have been pain free since.
Experience with Dr B

United States

#27 Apr 1, 2012
Had a Bunionectomy wrote:
I'm from Cooperstown and had my bunionectomy in Utica, and for the life of me I can't remember who did it. So sorry, as I realize this post will be useless to you without a name. I'll check through my records today to see if I can find it. It was a female doctor and she did GREAT. Perfectly straight scars, minimal healing time, and great post-op care. I say scars (with an S) because I had two done at one time.
I do believe the procedure was done at St. Luke's if that helps, but some Utica doctors have privileges at all three Utica hospitals.
I completely agree with the posters who are against treatment at Bassett. I've had my fair share of experience there and would never go there again. So many doctors there get put on paid administrative leave for being inappropriate with thier patients. Poor bedside manners, and God complexes. These docs are a dime a dozen and think they're better than everyone else.
Sorry my reply is below
Experience with Dr B

Little Valley, NY

#28 Apr 1, 2012
Just Wondering wrote:
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May I ask what surgery he did, I need a bunionectomy.
Sorry I replies below-this site is new to me.
Yes I had a bunionectomy as well as a nerve surgery and I would do it all over again if I had to. He did a great job-I had it done about 8 yrs ago and I have been pain free ever since. Like I said it takes time to get an appt-and you do wait but its worth it..
Just Wondering

Dover, DE

#29 Apr 2, 2012
Experience with Dr B wrote:
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Sorry I replies below-this site is new to me.
Yes I had a bunionectomy as well as a nerve surgery and I would do it all over again if I had to. He did a great job-I had it done about 8 yrs ago and I have been pain free ever since. Like I said it takes time to get an appt-and you do wait but its worth it..
Thanks, I might have nerve problem as well - have burning and tingling. Did he order a EMG or anything to diagnose the nerve?
Experience with Dr B

United States

#30 May 22, 2012
Just Wondering wrote:
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Thanks, I might have nerve problem as well - have burning and tingling. Did he order a EMG or anything to diagnose the nerve?
No tests he just knew with the symptoms I gave him..He is a wonderful man-I am sure you would be satisfied with him.
Just Wondering

Dover, DE

#31 May 24, 2012
Experience with Dr B wrote:
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No tests he just knew with the symptoms I gave him..He is a wonderful man-I am sure you would be satisfied with him.
Okay, I am not sure whether to see a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon when it comes to foot surgery.

Since: Sep 12

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#32 Oct 5, 2012
Experience with Dr B wrote:
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No tests he just knew with the symptoms I gave him..He is a wonderful man-I am sure you would be satisfied with him.
Scheduled to see him next Friday in C-town. I have bunions too. Was the surgery painful?
Cooper

Cooperstown, NY

#33 Oct 9, 2012
Bunion surgery is painful, but how well you cope depends on your individual tolerance for pain. I'm a big baby, so I didn't handle it well. Pain meds got me through the toughest part (the first few days) and I was driving soon after (the bunion was on my driving foot). It will be worth it though. You'll be amazed at how the procedure straightens out all of your other toes so that they point forward and don't turn toward one toe or the other (if that's your case). Best of luck to you.
Just Wondering

Dover, DE

#34 Oct 15, 2012
Cooper wrote:
Bunion surgery is painful, but how well you cope depends on your individual tolerance for pain. I'm a big baby, so I didn't handle it well. Pain meds got me through the toughest part (the first few days) and I was driving soon after (the bunion was on my driving foot). It will be worth it though. You'll be amazed at how the procedure straightens out all of your other toes so that they point forward and don't turn toward one toe or the other (if that's your case). Best of luck to you.
Who did you bunionectomy?
Billy

Herkimer, NY

#35 Aug 1, 2013
LiveToSki wrote:
I've heard a LOT of negative comments about many Bassett doctors at my book club meetings every week. Dr. Kaplan is one of them, if he's the new guy. Doesn't listen to patient concerns, condescending attitude toward women (quick to label them as potential psychiatric patients as opposed to taking them seriously), not confident enough with his own knowledge base and skill set to tell a drug seeker from someone legitimately needing intervention regarding their pain. Lumps everyone on narcotics as drug-seekers, yet has no background in pain management. See him out at the club every now and then, and he seems nice enough, although a bit weird.
Negative things I've heard about Dr. Huffman and Dr. Kazminski include snooty presentations, and hurrying patients along (One lady told me Kazminski once told her "It's the end of the day, can I go now?") One of my bookclub pals said Kazminski was the rudest doctor she ever saw and has filed a complaint against her a few years ago.
Have heard wonderful things about the dermatologists there, as well as the cardiologists, oncologists, and pediatricians (my book club pals have a wide range of needs!).
Only other negatives I've heard about Bassett (and Fox when they were in business) were about the psychology department (Dr. Browne, particulary who was suspended with pay more than once for inappropriateness with patients, heard he's having an affair on his wife) and one of the doctors in the Rheumatology Department. Also heard there's a long waiting list to get into the child psychiatrist who has been described as a little nutty.
Keep in mind ~ people tend to be more vocal when they're complaining about something (or someone, as the case may be), and most people don't take the time out to share thier POSITIVE experiences, unfortunately.
As a long-time Cooperstown resident, I can tell you that most doctors don't tend to stick around. They pay their dues for a few years here with low pay, and then move on to bigger and better things. Docs with kids are more likely to stick around, but the mostly just uproot their kids and hit the highway once they realize the hours are long and the pay sucks.
Are you talking about the psychiatrist, Richard Joseph Brown? Also, when you say he was,"inappropriate," what does that mean?
Gotta

Elmira, NY

#36 Nov 1, 2013
IN MY OPINION BASSETT JUST MIGHT BE THE WORST PLACE TO BE TREATED IN NY. ONE MISCARRIAGE BECAUSE OF DR ERROR, A FEW MISDIAGNOSIS LATER, I AM LEFT DISABLED BECAUSE OF THESES INCOMPETENT IDIOTS

Since: Sep 12

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#37 Nov 1, 2013
Anyone know anything about Dr. Bahlatzis?
Storm Wolf

East Syracuse, NY

#38 Dec 28, 2013
I know this may be a bit off subject but....how does a doctors personal life have much to do with his profession? Unless he is a druggie or drunk and doing it at his place of work....nothing. You can be really amazing at your job and be a cheater. Sure...it doesn't look good on you but if your a damn good Doctor I sure don't care who your doing other than your wife.

More on topic...I've had good and bad experiences with Bassett. Changed Primary a few times because I felt the Doctor was to impersonal or fixated on something other than my problem. I have found that I like Nurse Practitioners better if the choice is given. Generally they have seemed friendly and willing to take the time to listen to me.

Sorry I've got nothing to say about podiatry BUT just do your research, and ask around. No matter where you (be it close to home or way out) you are going to find top notch and a few quacks! Just gotta use your best judgement!
TruthBeSaid

Malone, NY

#39 Dec 29, 2013
Storm Wolf wrote:
I know this may be a bit off subject but....how does a doctors personal life have much to do with his profession? Unless he is a druggie or drunk and doing it at his place of work....nothing. You can be really amazing at your job and be a cheater. Sure...it doesn't look good on you but if your a damn good Doctor I sure don't care who your doing other than your wife.
More on topic...I've had good and bad experiences with Bassett. Changed Primary a few times because I felt the Doctor was to impersonal or fixated on something other than my problem. I have found that I like Nurse Practitioners better if the choice is given. Generally they have seemed friendly and willing to take the time to listen to me.
Sorry I've got nothing to say about podiatry BUT just do your research, and ask around. No matter where you (be it close to home or way out) you are going to find top notch and a few quacks! Ju
st gotta use your best judgement!
It does matter, I've seen Docs stoned cold drunk at Boca the night before they did procedures, and if he is sleeping with his nurse then wouldn't he be distracted while doing his job?
Storm Wolf

Malone, NY

#40 Dec 30, 2013
I said as long as he isn't doing it on the job....sooo that would kinda cover still being drunk in the morning. Also many people work together that are sleeping together in lots of professions. If your truly a GOOD doctor that wouldn't be a concern of yours would it? Being a Good professional means you focus on your job when you are at work and your personal life is something else.

Don't mix things up. If your doctor can't keep his thoughts or actions strait because the nurse he is sleeping with is in his office then he probably isn't being a good caregiver.

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